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Edwards fifth at NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Kentucky

Saturday, July 9, 2011 | 10:47 p.m. CDT; updated 4:19 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 11, 2011

SPARTA, Ky. — Kyle Busch won the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. David Reutimman slipped past Jimmie Johnson to finish second. Ryan Newman was fourth, followed by Columbia native Carl Edwards.

Busch move into the points lead as the season reached its halfway point. Busch leads Edwards by four points heading into next week's race at New Hampshire with about two months to go before the Chase for the championship begins.

Busch pulled away from Johnson on a restart with three laps to go to collect his 99th NASCAR series victory.

Busch won the Trucks race here on Thursday night and had little trouble finding his way to Victory Lane for the second time in three days at the 1.5-mile oval. He started from the pole and dominated long stretches of the 400-mile race to pick up his third Cup win of the season.

The first visit by NASCAR's top series provided few fireworks on the track, but plenty off it as traffic issues caused major problems for the crowd of over 100,000.


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